Actress Edie Falco—known for her role as Carmela Soprano on the hit HBO series The Sopranos—this month visited animal-rescue organization Farm Sanctuary. The acclaimed actress toured Farm Sanctuary’s Acton location in southern California, where she met several rescued residents such as Bruno (a black steer) and Safran (a beautiful Holstein breed steer). “Celebrities are known by millions of people,” Farm Sanctuary co-founder Gene Baur tells VegNews in regard to Falco’s visit, “and they can play an important role in raising awareness and normalizing the idea that farm animals, like all animals, have feelings and deserve to be treated with kindness. They elevate our cause and can inspire citizens to think about cows, pigs, chickens, and other farm animals as friends, not food.” After following a vegetarian diet for 16 years, Falco transitioned to veganism approximately eight months ago after her work with animal-rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals made her realize that eating animal products was contradictory to working to save them.
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